Making of 'Om Shri Ganesha'

The talented 3D artist Ongie Ongushi shares with us his creative process for the latest adorable 3D cartoon

Ganesha is coming! For me, Ganesha is a pillar for success in art, love, work, and richness. I have spent a lot of time on this project and there were many interruptions during my work process, but I believed that I could do it and now I have finally finished this piece. I like to think of it as my "Dream come true project". Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah is the mantra for success, victory, prosperity, knowledge and illumination.

Sketch

Ganesha is one of the best known of the Hindu deities and is portrayed in 32 different forms. I chose to use his 22nd form, known as "Ekadanta Ganesha", because it is especially meaningful to me and I also find it very encouraging.

<h5>I always like to start my work with a sketch</h5>

I always like to start my work with a sketch

Model

Although this model looks very simple, it actually contains a lot of smaller bits which all are deeply detailed, especially his crown and the arch in the background. Therefore, I spent quite a bit of time on this stage.

You can see all the details in the mesh, especially in the crown

You can see all the details in the mesh, especially in the crown

The time it took to get all the detailing was definitely worth it!

The time it took to get all the detailing was definitely worth it!

Texture

The body of Ganesha has very simple textures compared to his jewelry, but none of the textures were easy on this work, especially blending the gold. I spent a long time researching and looking for the right information to get the desired material and effects.

The detailed mesh of Ganesha

The detailed mesh of Ganesha

The gold texture was not especially easy to make

The gold texture was not especially easy to make

Scene Texture

Texturing the scene called for a lot of effort because it was all new to me, it gave me a sore wrist! Texturing the laddu (ball-shaped sweets) was also a bit of a challenge because I have never made anything like this before. Again, I did lots of research because I wanted the textures to look right. The rat is often portrayed with Ganesha as his attendant and he dares not eat the laddu without the permission.

The mesh shows the level of detail in the scene and the laddu

The mesh shows the level of detail in the scene and the laddu

Starting to add detailed texture to the scene

Starting to add detailed texture to the scene

Texture rechecking

I used only one Vray Light to recheck all textures, superficially it looks fine but I did need to do some adjusting.

<h5>Using lighting can help to check the textures</h5>

Using lighting can help to check the textures

Displacement texture on the pillar

I don't use the VRay Displacement Mod very often but it was very useful creating the pattern on the arch, and I think the results look fantastic!

<h5>The pattern for the pillar</h5>

The pattern for the pillar

<h5>VRay Displacement Mod on pillar</h5>

VRay Displacement Mod on pillar

<h5>Adding detail and texture to the pillars</h5>

Adding detail and texture to the pillars

Cloth and axe texture

Once again I worked very hard on this step. I created many Hindu patterns to get the right look but it was definitely worth the effort because it gives the piece that extra level of authenticity.

<h5>Axe head pattern</h5>

Axe head pattern

<h5>Cloth pattern</h5>

Cloth pattern

Adding the patterns to the axe and fabric

Adding the patterns to the axe and fabric

Lighting and rendering

There were many lights need for this scene, even though it is only small. I used a combination of one Vray Sun (which is the main light source), five Vray lights, and two Omni lights, for the candlelight to add a little extra to the scene. I like to keep a log of my rendering, which I find helpful when I am trying to improve my timing and quality.

Process of lighting, you can see the different light sources I used

Process of lighting, you can see the different light sources I used

Rendering in progress

Rendering in progress

Retouch

Adding the candlelight helps to give the scene another level of interest, however I wanted more control over the effect of the candlelight. To do this I used Overlay and Photoshop, I am very happy with the results.

Adding the flame to the candle

Adding the flame to the candle

<h5>Screen shot of the lighting overlay</h5>

Screen shot of the lighting overlay

Related links

Check out more of Ongie's amazing cartoons at this website
For more tutorials and features have a look at June 2015's 3dcreative
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